Regulatory report: United Arab Emirates – heated tobacco, March 2021

The Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) has issued a mandatory Electronic Nicotine Products (Equivalent to Traditional Tobacco Products) Standard (UAE.S 5030 : 2018), which sets the technical regulations for heated tobacco products. It came into force on 14th April 2019. The standard regulates e-cigarettes and both heated tobacco devices and consumables, and it lays down the specific requirements for production, import, retail and display.

The regulation of heated tobacco in the UAE will remain unchanged for the foreseeable future. However, if this changes, it will be a consequence of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Standardisation Organisation (GSO) standard, which aims to introduce common requirements and restrictions for all GCC countries. TobaccoIntelligence does not expect the GCC GSO draft standard to be approved in 2021.

This report provides a detailed overview of the current regulations in place for these products in the UAE.

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Lorenzo Guaragna

Senior legal analyst
Lorenzo holds a masters degree in International Law from the University of Trento, Italy, where he specialised in aspects of European law. In 2017 he completed a six-month exchange programme with Erasmus+ in Tarragona, Spain. He has had work experience in the legal sector as an intern in a law firm and at the Court of Rovereto, Italy. He specialises in tobacco and novel nicotine products taxation, as well as traceability and security systems for tobacco products in the European Union.

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